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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Trial of Donna Caine - at George Street Playhouse

The Trial of Donna Caine
October 16 - November 11, 2018
Opening Night: Friday, October 19, 2018
by Walter Anderson
irected by David Saint
with John Bolger, Julia Brothers, Michael Cullen, Kally Duling, Peter Frechette, Ryan George, Margarita Levieva, Melissa Maxwell, & Flor De Liz Perez
Scenic and Media Design by James Youmans
Costume Design by Brian C. Hemesath
Lighting Design by Jason Lyons
Sound Design by Scott Killian
Production Manager Christopher J. Bailey
Production Stage Manager Nicole Kuker
Assistant Stage Manager Andrea Lynn Miller
Casting by McCorkle Casting, Ltd. 
About the Play

When Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine (played by Flor De Liz Perez of Two River Theater’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) is accused of a serious crime, highly respected attorney Emily Zola Ginsberg (played by Margarita Levieva of David Simon's critically acclaimed HBO drama The Deuce ) is convinced to take the case. Fighting for her client’s future, Ginsberg finds herself taking on the military establishment in order to expose the truth.

For tickets, call 732-246-7717 or visit

The Trial of Donna Caine is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

About George Street Playhouse
Originally located in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of George and Albany Streets, George Street Playhouse was the first professional theatre in New Brunswick and played a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.  In 1984, the Playhouse moved to a renovated YMCA on Livingston Avenue, and in 2017 took temporary residence in the former Agricultural Museum during construction of its new home.

Beginning with the 2019-20 Season, George Street Playhouse will move to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in downtown New Brunswick.  Featuring two state-of-the-art theatres and myriad amenities, the NBPAC will mark a new era in the esteemed history of George Street Playhouse.

Two River Theater’s 'Journey to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Story' November 23-25

RED BANK, NJ — Characters from one of the most beloved movies ever made –and the series of books that inspired that movie—will come to the stage in Two River Theater’s production of Journey to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Story, running November 23-25. This family-friendly show will unfold in the Rechnitz Theater as a giant library that transports audiences to Kansas, Munchkin Land, Emerald City and other magical locations inspired by L. Frank Baum’s life and series of Oz books. 

Recommended for everyone ages 4 and up, the hour-long production features opportunities for audience members to join the company of professional actors. Participation is voluntary, but interested young people will take turns in roles ranging from Munchkins to flying monkeys to Dorothy herself. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from or 732.345.1400.

Journey to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Story will be performed over Thanksgiving weekend as a family-friendly experience for the young and the young-at-heart to enjoy together. Performances are as follows:

Friday, November 23 at 1pm and 7pm
Saturday, November 24 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm  
Sunday, November 25 at 10am (relaxed performance), 1pm and 4pm  

On Sunday, November 25 at 10am, Two River will offer a relaxed performance that supports young people on the autism spectrum and welcomes them to the theater. The house lights will be kept on during the performance and patrons will be free to talk, move around, or leave their seats. Electronic devices used for therapeutic purposes, including iPads, will be allowed in the theater and Two River staff and volunteers with autism training will be on-site to provide assistance as needed.

Journey to Oz is co-produced by New Jersey’s Experiential Theater Company and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. The production is written and directed by Christopher Parks, with music composition and sound design by Josh Totora.

In advance of Journey to Oz: A Wizard of Oz Story, Two River will present a free film screening of The Wizard of Oz, the beloved 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, a farm girl from Kansas who journeys over the rainbow and to the Land of Oz. The screening will be Saturday, October 27 at 7pm in the Rechnitz Theater, in partnership with Monmouth Film Festival.

Music Students Recital Scheduled at RVCC


Raritan Valley Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department will present a Music Students Recital, Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Welpe Theatre at the College’s Branchburg campus. The program is being coordinated by Tony Strong, RVCC Associate Professor of Music.

The program will feature performances by music majors in the Department’s Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts (Music Option) degree programs, as well as music students from studio and ensemble classes. The recital’s program will include solo, accompanied and ensemble pieces, featuring an exceptional variety of musical styles and traditions. Original student compositions and arrangements also will be presented.

Featured performers will include Evan Acocella (Annandale), Rafael Alvarez (Flemington), Joy Auerbach (Belle Mead), Lua Bleah (Piscataway), Stella Campbell (Basking Ridge), Stephen Comanda (Somerville), Christopher Compton (Stirling), Sebastian Friedermann (Ringoes), Patrick Gardner (Bridgewater), Rimsha Jalal (Edison), Michael Krupinski (Somerset), Mathew Rooney (Somerville), Kristine Sauerborn (Whitehouse Station), Christopher Shaffer (Branchburg), and Matthew Zacek (Flemington).

General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for students and seniors. For advance ticket reservations, contact the RVCC Theatre Box Office at 908-725-3420. For additional information, call the VAPA office at 908-218-8876 or Tony Strong at 908-526-1200, ext. 8394.

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to  a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Men We Love and Hate at Opera at Florham



Men We Love and Hate in Opera

November 4 at 2pm

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison

Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli, tenor Frederick Schlick and bass Hidenori Inoue perform emotionally charged arias and duets from Elixir of Love, Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Don Carlo and Faust. After an intermission with light refreshments, Mary Pinto plays a Beethoven piano medley. The singers return with selections from the American Songbook, including Ragtime and Camelot and a full company rendition of "Que voulez vous messieurs?" from Faust.

Piano accompaniment by Mary Pinto. Narration by Lou Barrella.

Tickets: General $30, Seniors $25, Groups (10+) $20/person, Students (22 & under) $10, FDU Students (22 & under) free, Children (12 & under) free.

Four Musicale Subscription: $120 general, $100 seniors


Frederick Schlick, tenor

Hidenori Inoue, bass

Mary Pinto, pianist

Matthew Ciuffitelli, baritone

"O Mimi tu piu non torni" from Puccini's La Boheme at Opera at Florham

Sneak preview: Matthew Ciuffitelli performs at OaF's May 2018 musicale with tenor Roy Hage and pianist Mary Pinto.

Upcoming Musicales 2018-19

Nov 4 The Demonic and the Debonair

Dec 2 Celebrating the Holidays

Apr 14 A Tribute to Licia Albanese

May 5 Vocal Competition & Musicale Honoring Violetta DuPont

Buy tickets NOW to The Demonic & the Debonair or the 4-musicale package.

NEW in Outreach and Education

A Tribute to Licia Albanese

Opera at Florham's April 14 Musicale will be a tribute to Opera legend, Licia Albanese, an international star who performed at the Met for 26 seasons. Licia was an influential opera patron and avid supporter of aspiring opera singers. Opera at Florham was honored to have Licia serve as a jurist for several of our International Vocal Competitions.

Lou Barrella will present a pre-concert audio-visual lecture about Licia's life story.

Canal Walk Concert

This January 12, 2019, Opera at Florham will present a concert at Canal Walk in Somerset, NJ. Four singers will introduce and perform selections from opera and the American Songbook.

We are very excited to be a part of the Canal Walk concert series.



Events are held in:

Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University

285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940

Opera at Florham

P.O.Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961


Trojan Women: JCTC Reinvents Classic Tragedy for Today’s Times

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Trojan Women, a multimedia and multilingual adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy reimagined for today’s turbulent times. Trojan Women  opens Friday November 2nd for an 11-show run that closes on Sunday November 18 at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.

This multimedia production – directed by Olga Levina, Artistic Director of JCTC – features a diverse cast of more than 15 actors with nearly as many additional artists as part of the production crew. These talented individuals include artists of international stature as well as those with regional renown.

Some of the members include actors such as Tatyana Zbirovskaya, who worked in Russian theater before emigrating to the U.S. in the 1990s, Mahalet Dejene, an Ethiopian-born actress now working in the U.S., Aizzah Fatima, a Pakistani actress & playwright whose one-woman show Dirty Paki Lingerie has toured internationally and Sylvana Joyce, a local legend famous as the leader of the Jersey City-based Gypsy pro-rock band, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment.

The crew contains an equally impressive array of talent such as multimedia artists Laia Cabrera  and Isabella Duverger, who have won awards both in New York and Europe; Ekaterina Abramova an artist whose work is featured in museums and collections throughout the world and Frank Ippolito, a Jersey City-based artist and designer recently retired from a decades long career as a Museum of Natural History artist.

This extraordinary ensemble transformed the intimate, black box theater at Merseles Studios into a surreal dreamscape that brings new life to this timeless saga about the resilience and strength of women. “JCTC has  gathered an amazing mix of global and local talent because you need a cast and crew this diverse to truly spark a conversation about the ways “the other” is dehumanized through prejudice, oppression and violence in society,” said Levina.

Based on “The Trojan Women”  by Euripides, the play depicts the aftermath of the Greek/Trojan war  and the brutal occupation of Troy by the victorious Greek soldiers, who after slaughtering
all the men, brutally assault the captured woman and separate them from their children.
Will these only survivors of Troy be massacred as well, forced into marriage or slavery made to live like refugees in their devastated city, subject to the whims and desires of the occupying soldiers? Historians may trace the original Trojan Women, to 415 BC, but the timeless themes of oppression, displacement and resistance have never been more relevant.

A major theme of Trojan Women is anti-violence – and with violence of all kinds still prevalent   – shootings, domestic violence, clashes between police and protestors and ongoing war in the Mideast – the JCTC production truly is a play for the way we live now. “Violence seems to be growing nationally, internationally and to be honest, locally as well,” said Levina. “Violence is touching all our lives and we need to truly understand and discuss the affect it is having so we can try and put a stop to it, or at least decrease it.”
The play also conveys the violence and trauma of war. The multilingual approach replicates the alienation of war where miscommunication usually increases the suffering of victims. When casting the play, JCTC looked for actors fluent in a foreign language; 15 different languages are spoken in Trojan Women, although the majority of the dialogue spoken by the invading Greek soldiers is in English. This use of multiple languages enhances the realism of the play, while action, movement and projections help convey the story.

Since 2014, JCTC has presented and produced a range of theatre, dance, and readings known for being cutting-edge, provocative and relevant. With nontraditional set design, utilizing multimedia components of video, photography, performance art and sound-scaping, Trojan Women is an immersive experience that transcends conventional rules of drama, expands the classic text with contemporary monologues and breaks through the proverbial 4th Wall. JCTC has brought together a diverse team of artists from multiple disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create a Trojan Women for 21st century audiences.

JCTC Theatre: Trojan Women
Friday 11/2
Saturday 11/3
Sunday 11/4 *
Thursday  11/8
Friday 11/9
Saturday 11/10
Sunday 11/11 *
Thursday 11/15
Friday 11/16
Saturday 11/17
Sunday 11/18 *

Doors: 7:30/ Show: 8:00
*Sunday Shows Only: Doors: 5:30/ Show:6:00

Tickets: $25
($15/ Student and Senior Discount – must show valid ID)

To purchase tickets visit:

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios
339 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 795-5386

Photo Caption: Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC is directing Trojan Woman, a multimedia, multilingual and ultra-contemporary reinvention of the classic drama by Euripides (Photograph by Bang Chau).


Cast: Tatyana Zbirovskaya: Hecuba; Natalia Volkodaeva: Andromache; Mahalet Dejene : Cassandra; Dina Manganaris: Helen; Naya A. Desir-Johnson: Astyanax; Steven Martin: Athena/Greek soldier; Zach Hendrickson: Poseidon/Greek soldier; Kevin Terwin : Menelaus/Greek soldier; Oliver Henry Fishman: Talthybius/Greek soldier.

The Trojan Women (Greek Chorus): Paula de Lima Torres; Daphnee McMaster; Julia Malinovskaya; Lorena Ibeth Marin Ortiz; Te'ena Klein; Claudia Godi; Sylvana Joyce;
Aizzah Fatima

Greeks: Sanio Kurtesevic; John St. Croix.

Production: Steven Vessella – Stage Manager; Frank Ippolito – Art and Set Designer and Construction; Lance A Michel – Lighting Designer, Tech Director; Fernando Ayres – Venue Manager, Technician; Matthew Holowienka - Costume Designer; Laia Cabrera – Scenography, video-mapping projections design; Isabella Duverger - Scenography, video-mapping projections design; Kasia Skorynkiewicz – Video production; Lucy Rovetto – Image and art design; Ekaterina Abramova – Artist, Cover Image; Jenny Brover – Art Photography; Lisa Rosetta Strum – Casting Director; Dan Pieraccini- General Manager.

Director: Olga Levina

Funding for Trojan Women was made possible by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Trojan Women was also made possible through the generosity of Ben LoPiccolo Development Group, JCTC’s Board of Directors, private donors and local Jersey City businesses.

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) presents programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that celebrates diversity, bringing communities closer together and enhancing the quality of life.